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Genetic algorithms

When I was a graduate student at the University of Michigan, ``natural systems'' was considered one of the three core areas of computer science. This term referred to all those algorithmic techniques we might divine by viewing some natural process as a computation. It was meant to include AI generally, and John Holland's Genetic Algorithm (GA) and Classifier System in particular. While my thesis made no use of the GA, I have retained a deep interest in it, serving as program co-chair for the 1991 meeting of the International Conference on Genetic Algorithms (held at UCSD and attended by more than 250 scientists from around the world) [11].